Join us at 10 A.M. on Sunday, January 8th, 2022 for a worship celebration that helps us give thanks for the gift of Baptism.
This worship celebration is held annually on Baptism of the Lord Sunday, a liturgical celebration held at the end of Christmas to commemorate and remember Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River. The ancient church would have celebrated the baptism of new converts on this day following a time of preparation during the season of Advent. By remembering our baptism, we both celebrate the gift of God’s active grace in our lives, and recognize our need of God’s continued action and involvement as we seek to feed people–mind, body, and spirit–on our corner and in our community in Silver Spring.
Baptism is one of two sacraments celebrated by The United Methodist Church, and is celebrated for all people regardless of their age. Children who are unable to speak for themselves at their baptism later participate in Confirmation, a time of intentional learning and service, after which they are invited to publicly acknowledge and profess their faith. Confirmation classes will be held this Spring at SSUMC, and you can contact Pastor Daniel Cho for more information. As a function of God’s grace, we also acknowledge that–even though we may fail in living up to the covenant promises made in baptism–God’s faithfulness through the sacrament is absolute. For this reason we do not re-baptize. You can learn more about our United Methodist beliefs about baptism here.
Silver Spring United Methodist Church is a reconciling congregation of The United Methodist Church. We fully recognize and celebrate the gift of human diversity as experienced and expressed through our age, race, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, sexuality, ability, and economic status. All of who you are, and all of what you bring, is welcome to find a place in the movement of Christ’s love among us.